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Server Monitoring

I am a router/switch (Cisco) administrator that has been placed in a shop responsible for an enterprise level network.  We are running various Windows 2003 server VM's under VMWare ESX 4.  I have been asked to determine the resources that need to be monitored and the thresholds that should be set for each resource per server type.  (ie exchange, DC, file, SQL, dns, dhcp).  We are using Solorwinds for monitoring the network.

I must admit I am a little out of my depth on the systems side of the house.  I need recommendations for these thresholds (immediate concern) and/or links to online resources that can quickly educate me on how to design and implement system monitoring for our domain/forest.  I could use as many sources as possible as some of them are bound to be blocked by our BlueCoat servers.  (Security is high in this desert environment)
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AwinishCommented:
You can use SCOM(System center for Operation Manager) to monitor the resources/server/service/unix or your network devices.

You can configure various thresholds according to your need for various servers like AD, DHCP,Exchange, dns, sql etc by importing a management pack.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/om/bb498235.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_stranger/archive/tags/opsmgr+2007/
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SongsmytheAuthor Commented:
If I could convince the powers that be to use SCOM this would work.  We are using Solarwinds APM (Orion) instead.
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evil_hitmanCommented:
I would follow the solarwinds guide for vmware and monitor everything
monitor it for say a week so you can see what is the norm, then set your thresholds from that.
There is no right or wrong setting for thresholds, it's what suits your specific environment.
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